Menu
The New Contemporary Art Magazine

Matt Crabe’s Wild, Horror-Filled Illustrations

Matt Crabe, self-proclaimed as "Heaven's Favorite Man," is an artist whose wild illustrations come across as vibrant nightmares. Crabe presents his work in strange zines, paper figures, prints, apparel and other outlets.

Matt Crabe, self-proclaimed as “Heaven’s Favorite Man,” is an artist whose wild illustrations come across as vibrant nightmares. Crabe presents his work in strange zines, paper figures, prints, apparel and other outlets.


Not only do the paintings come with absorbing detail, but also the descriptions of the works written by the author. The piece “Demon Radiating an Intense Ghost of Feline Energy,” for instance, comes with this: “A painting depicting a demon that has eaten so many feline souls, that a transformation is willing itself upon the demon, so powerful its bones have began to meow. Not a feeble meow of hunger, but the horrifying deep cry of a female cat in a heat so intense, that glass is explodes, ice caps disintegrate, and babies weak brains are melted into bloody pudding while they slumber. If she is successful, everything we thought we knew about how the world worked, will become the biggest joke the gods ever played on us.”


See more of the artist’s work below.

Meta
Share
Facebook
Reddit
Pinterest
Email
Related Articles
Illustrator Bill Mayer is known for his humorous, yet earnest characters and scenes, rendered with both digital and traditional means. His works often both personify and look at the real-life nature of the animal world. His gouache paintings, featured in this piece, offer a particular, absorbing characteristic.
San Francisco based artist Velia De Iuliis draws her inspiration from an inherent curiosity for all living things, and her colorful gouache illustrations are a tribute to the animals that she admires. Her work interprets their energy into abstract compositions that juxtapose the organic flow of nature with naturally occurring geometric forms like diamonds, ellipses and diagonal lines. "My work reflects what has fascinated me throughout my life. Themes of symmetry and patterns found in nature as well as nature itself are the avenues that both inspire and captivate me. Science, philosophy and art are tightly bound but to better understand humanity I have to first understand the natural world we live in, she says.
For the majority of his illustration career, Canadian artist Randy Ortiz (first covered here) has drawn images in a graphic style with a surrealistic quality. His love for screen printing and movie posters is apparent in his limited, yet colorful palette, and portrayal of creatures who seem to transform with their surroundings. Among his latest inspirations are artists James Jean or Joao Ruas, who also merge surreal forms of nature with reality in their art. Recently, Ortiz's personal work has leaned in this more emotive direction.
Illustrator Kima Lenaghan's series “Homo Conscius” imagines an evolved place "where genuine and profound consciousness is found." The artist’s solitary drawings offer both tangible and dreamlike elements, exaggerating aspects of nature and extracting them in sparse narratives. The "Stoned Ape Hypothesis" from ethnobotanist Terrance McKenna, theorizing that early humans evolved due to psychedelic mushrooms, serves as inspiration here.

Subscribe to the Hi-Fructose Mailing List